Pivoting to a Safe Systems Approach – A Conversation with Local, State and Federal Vision Zero Trailblazers

February 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm


If zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries is our goal, a Safe Systems approach is how we can get there. And for that, we’ll need to pivot our work.

Perhaps your community or agency has made — or is considering — a Vision Zero commitment, but you’re still wondering: How do we really get there? What are the concrete next steps and changes that should be made?

Join webinar hosts Vision Zero Network & ITE to learn the fundamentals of the Safe Systems approach, which underlies effective Vision Zero programs, and specific examples at the local, state, and federal levels of shifting from a traditional approach to Safe Systems. The discussion will highlight ways Safe Systems is both more effective and more equitable, bringing a public health-focused approach that emphasizes a safe built environment, rather than over-reliance on enforcement or education campaigns.

We’ll be joined by safety leaders working on Philadelphia’s Vision Zero program (speaking specifically to the Safe Systems approach in their new Vision Zero Action Plan, p. 27); the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) current pivot to Safe System in their statewide safety planning; and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) growing leadership in the Safe Systems space. 

Panelists include Kelley Yemen, Philadelphia’s Director of Complete Streets; Rachel Carpenter, Caltrans Chief Safety Officer; and Mark Doctor, FHWA Senior Safety & Design Engineer / Team Leader. Moderators are Leah Shahum, Vision Zero Network Director, and Meghan Mitman, Chair, ITE Safety Council and Principal, Fehr & Peers.


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